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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Encryption

Security Flaw in French Government Messaging App Exposed Confidential Conversations

The French government didn’t trust the security of any of today’s text messaging applications. Therefore, the DINSIC, France’s government agency in charge of all things digital, created a new text messaging product, called Tchap. Developing Tchap became essential as Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team previously relied heavily on Telegram. By default, Telegram doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. In other words, people working for Telegram could easily read Macron’s conversations. It’s a serious […]

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Probably the Best Laptop Security for use while Crossing Borders

Computer security expert Bruce Schneier has written about a supposedly fool-proof method of encrypting the entire hard drive of a laptop computer. That means that you can travel internationally without ever revealing the contents of your laptop to Customs or other officials anywhere you travel. Even you will be unable to access the information until some time after you arrive at your destination. Best of all, you can do this […]

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New TLS Encryption-Busting Attack also Impacts the newer TLS 1.3

If you use encryption (and I certainly hope you do!), you should be aware that a team of academics has revealed a new cryptographic attack this week that can break encrypted TLS traffic, allowing attackers to intercept and steal data previously considered safe and secure. This includes the encryption used by many, but not all, VPNs. This new downgrade attack works even against the latest version of the TLS protocol, […]

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Tor is Easier to Use than Ever. Perhaps it is Time to Give It a Try

Good news: The Tor anonymity service is easier to use and more accessible than ever. The digital anonymity service Tor is also one of the best methods of keeping your web browsing private. According to an article by Lily Hay Newman in the Wired web site: “Tor has been relatively accessible for years now, largely because of the Tor Browser, which works almost exactly like a regular browser and does […]

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Signal Private Messenger for Safe and Secure Text, Voice, and Video Messaging

“Privacy is possible. Signal makes it easy.” Signal is a very popular safe and secure replacement for cell phone text messaging systems. Best of all, it is available FREE of charge. If you have an Android device, an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod Touch, Signal will supplement or replace your present text messaging app. Your cell phone will continue to send and receive normal text messages as it always […]

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Police Decrypt 258,000 Messages After Breaking IronChat Crypto App

Your public servants at work: spying on you. Police in the Netherlands said they decrypted more than 258,000 messages sent using IronChat, an app billed as providing end-to-end encryption that was endorsed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. In a statement published Tuesday, Dutch police said officers achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication” in an investigation into money laundering. The encrypted messages, according to […]

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Australian Bill Spells Trouble for Data Privacy Around the World

Australian politicians want to make it easy for governments, hackers, identity thieves, credit card thieves, and other spies to steal your most private information. That by itself seems incredible. However, the entire issue gets pushed to the nearly unbelievable level when you realize the result could be similar gaping holes in privacy for residents of all other countries in the world! Do you want the thieves to be able to […]

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